The Somatic Connection  |   January 2018
Stand Up and Climb Out of Ankle Spasticity
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  • Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pomona, California 
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The Somatic Connection   |   January 2018
Stand Up and Climb Out of Ankle Spasticity
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, January 2018, Vol. 118, 53a-54. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.013
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, January 2018, Vol. 118, 53a-54. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.013
Ghasemi E, Khademi-Kalantari K, Khalkhali-Zavieh M, et al. The effect of functional stretching exercises on functional outcomes in spastic stroke patients: a randomized controlled clinical trial [published online ahead of print]. J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2017. doi:10.1016/j.jbmt.2017.09.021 
Ankle spasticity is a common impairment after stroke that affects ambulation and decreases the ability to carry out activities of daily living (ADL).1 An interdisciplinary team of researchers in Iran performed a randomized blinded clinical trial assessing the effect of functional exercises in improving these parameters. 
Researchers enrolled 30 patients who had a stroke: 15 in the experimental group (5 men, 10 women; mean [SD] age, 49.67 [13.01] years) and 15 in the control group (9 men, 6 women; mean [SD] age, 54.87 [9.13] years). Participants were evaluated before and after the program and at 2-month follow-up. Inclusion criteria included “presence of a stroke according to the diagnosis of an experienced neurologist,” spasticity in gastrocnemius muscle, ability to obey instructions and participate in rehabilitation, and appropriate general health to perform exercises. Exclusion criteria included ankle deformity or contracture, lower limb pain, participation in another program, use of antispastic drugs, or other central nervous system lesions. 

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